Skip to Content

Staff Scientist, Vaccine Immunology Program

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is recruiting for a staff scientist with expertise in the field of B-cell immunobiology to join the VRC’s Vaccine Immunology Program (VIP).

The goal of the VIP is to integrate basic research, translational research, and clinical analysis under a single program to provide dependable and reliable immunological data for informed decision making in the discovery and development of novel vaccines. The B cell immunobiology group within the VIP conducts research to investigate B-cell responses to Phase I investigational vaccine trials conducted at VRC to guide future vaccine design for HIV, influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and other pathogens of pandemic potential.

The successful candidate will use their training and strong understanding of the fundamental immunology governing B-cell vaccine responses to conduct basic, hypothesis-driven analyses of preclinical and clinical studies to help inform vaccine design. The successful candidate will maintain a program portfolio and research capabilities to support investigational vaccine trial studies for a variety of infectious diseases, including vaccine trials for HIV, influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and other pathogens. The applicant will apply their subject-matter expertise to formulate specific immunological questions and independently design research studies. Further, the applicant will leverage their extensive experience and advanced technical skills to develop, standardize, and implement novel, cutting-edge technologies to accelerate discovery and enhance the program’s effectiveness.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the staff scientist is expected to do the following:

  • Provide supervision, mentorship, and training for VIP research staff and fellows
  • Act as lead for all scientific projects within the B cell immunobiology group
  • Establish and participate in research collaborations with other NIH investigators, members of the VRC influenza vaccine group, and outside organizations, serving in an advisory role or as the main point of contact
  • Identify, develop, and implement high-throughput immunological analyses to evaluate B-cell responses to experimental HIV, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials
  • Collaborate with the VRC Clinical Trials Program for strategic planning and assessment of prospective assay requirements for vaccine trial studies
  • Identify funding opportunities and independently develop proposals for funding applications
  • Analyze data, interpret results, and prepare data for publications and/or for patent applications
  • Write and submit manuscripts for publication
  • Attend and present at domestic and international conferences



  • Doctoral degree in immunology, virology, or related discipline
  • At least 10 years of direct research experience in the field of B-cell immunology and vaccine development
  • At least 2 years of experience in leading research teams and directing scientific projects for junior staff
  • Expertise in assay development and applying cutting-edge technologies (such as multiparameter flow-cytometry and single-cell immunoglobulin sequencing) to characterize B-cell responses
  • Established record of publication in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific publications and/or work generating patent applications
    U.S. citizenship is not required.

The salary will be based on the individual’s qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Interested candidates may contact Sarah Austin via email at for additional information about the position. To apply, candidates must submit a curriculum vitae (CV), statement of research interest, and the contact information for three referees who will be asked to provide letters of reference. Applications should be submitted to

Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working in NIAID’s dynamic atmosphere.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.